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J. M. Dressler

09:34PM | 05/20/01
Member Since: 05/20/01
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The house was built in 1977. The front deck rotted and needed to be re-done. My husband tore up the old decking and replaced it with 2x6 Green Douglas Fir. He told me that Redwood was too expensive. Right now it looks great, but I'm worried about the next few years. Can we seal it with something so that it will last for several years and if so, what would you suggest? The deck is shaded in the morning and full sun in the afternoon. It measures 24'x8' and is a raised deck over a garden area. Hot summers, cold winters.

Jay J

04:40PM | 05/21/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
HI J.M.,

Well, the bad news is you'll be lucky to get any Deck Preservative to last more than 3 years. Usually, it's 2 years maybe 3. BUT, depending, you MAY get 4 years out of it (but don't count on it.)

Visit your local Paint Retailer (found in the Yellow Pages under PAINT - RETAIL) for material and guidance. They're the Pros. I would recommend the Cuprinol line by Sherwin-Williams.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

J. M. Dressler

01:12PM | 05/22/01
Member Since: 05/20/01
4 lifetime posts
Hi Jay J,

Thank you for your responds. To make sure I understand your answer, you stated that we would be lucky to get any deck preservative to last any longer than 2-3 years.

Does this mean that the decking would have to be redone every 2-3 years using a deck preservative, or did you mean the deck will need to be re-built with better wood?

Before my husband re-did the current decking with green Douglas Fir, the old decking was rotted to the point that it was unsafe to walk on it. I need to know if the current decking will be safe if yearly maintenance is done on it using a good quality preservative? OR...should I have the deck pulled up NOW and redone with better wood?

Thanks again for your reply...J.M.

Jay J

05:24PM | 05/22/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi J.M.,

Sorry for any confusion ... No, I was referring to treating the deck every 3 years, give or take; not rebuilding it. HOPEFULLY, by doing the aforementioned, you won't have to EVER replace the entire deck (maybe a board here or there which is very common.)

Just be sure you have good ventilation UNDER and AROUND the deck. The last thing you want is for the deck to 'deteriorate' from the bottom, up. Keep bushes and flowers to a minimum in terms of size and number. The best thing for under the deck is uninhibited airflow (at best.) This keeps out termites, bugs, mosquitos, rodents, and the like.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: Use deck screws if you can. Pre-drill your holes! IT's better than nailing even though it will take longer ...

J. M. Dressler

11:53AM | 05/23/01
Member Since: 05/20/01
4 lifetime posts
Hi Jay J,

Again, thank you for your fast response. You made my day with your second answer. We will take better care of this deck, using your suggestions.

Have a good day and thanks for being there.

J.M.

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